Churchill Downs

Local News
7:00 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Field Sizes Dropped in Churchill Downs' Spring Meet

Churchill Downs patrons using electronic betting machines in June.
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Churchill Down's spring meet concluded with a 6-percent decline in the average number of horses running per race and a slight decrease in average daily purses.

The spring meet ended on Sunday.

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Local News
1:40 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

The Breeders' Cup Is Officially Coming to Keeneland Race Course

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The Breeders' Cup is returning to Kentucky for the first time since 2011—but this time the races won't be in Louisville.

Lexington's Keeneland Race Course next year will host the Breeders' Cup for the first time, the Lexington-based racing championship series announced Tuesday.

The races will be run Oct. 30 and 31, 2015.

The thoroughbred racing championships have been run at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, the last three seasons.

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Local News
5:26 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

The Breeders' Cup Will Be Run at Keeneland

Keeneland Race Course
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The Breeders' Cup is coming to Keeneland Race Course.

Citing unnamed sources, The Courier-Journal reported Tuesday morning that the Breeders' Cup, one of thoroughbred racing's most notable annual events, would be held at the Lexington in 2015, Santa Anita in 2016 and Del Mar in 2017. 

Churchill Downs has hosted the Breeders' Cup eight times and delivered its most successful dates in attendance and betting handle. The C-J's Gregory Hall reports:

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Local News
11:00 am
Sat June 7, 2014

How Good Are California Chrome's Chances of Winning the Triple Crown?

California Chrome
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We've spent the past couple days exploring the Triple Crown—why it's been decades since a horse has won it, and why the series may change to reflect the thoroughbred industry's contemporary culture.

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Local News
10:46 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Horse Dies in Freak Accident at Churchill Downs; Trainer Blames Sound System


A racehorse has died at Churchill Downs in a freakish accident that the trainer is blaming on the sound of a starting gate bell blaring on the track's new sound system.

Trainer Kenneth Wirth says the 5-year-old mare Never Tell Lynda was walking toward the paddock on the dirt track Thursday when she reared, twisted and fell, hitting her head.  

Wirth says she was spooked by what he thought was the sound of a starting gate coming from a commercial on Churchill's new HD video board, the world's largest. The system includes 750 speakers.

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Local News
6:59 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Untapable Runs Away With Kentucky Oaks Win

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Untapable surged past My Miss Sophia entering the stretch and rolled to a 4½-length victory Friday in the 140th Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.

Ridden by Rosie Napravnik and breaking from the far 13th spot, the overwhelming favorite in the $1 million race for 3-year-old fillies earned her third straight victory and fifth in seven starts. Untapable has won her last three by a combined margin of nearly 22 lengths.

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Local News
2:31 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Churchill Downs Inc. Sees Growth in Online Betting (But Drop at Simulcast Windows)

Churchill Downs
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There are a couple of reasons Churchill Downs' total betting handle was 16-percent lower in the first three months of 2014 than the same period of 2013.

The winter weather was particularly awful.

Or fans preferred to bet from the comfort of their homes. 

(Or both.)

Churchill Downs Inc., the racetrack's parent, also operates, an online betting service. The total handle decrease above—and a 10-percent decrease in net pari-mutuel revenues—were part of an annual filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission. 

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Food and Dining
2:04 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Mint in Juleps Keep Churchill Downs Local on Kentucky Derby Day

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The thoroughbreds that run in the Kentucky Derby hail from Central Kentucky, Florida, Louisiana. The dresses and hats are made all over the world. But there’s one Derby week tradition you’ll find every year at Churchill Downs that’s still made right here at home—the mint garnishing every signature julep is grown at Dohn & Dohn Gardens, a small family farm in southern Jefferson County.

If you order a mint julep at the track this week, you might notice that the mint sprigs are a bit shorter than usual.

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12:14 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Churchill Downs Inc. Preps For Big Race, and Executives Win Big With Bonuses

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The Kentucky Derby is still more than a month away, but Churchill Downs Inc. executives are already celebrating a big payday.

A lot of money passes through CDI. The Louisville-based gaming company owns five horse racetracks, six casinos and the nation’s top online wagering site,

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Local News
4:29 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

PETA Accuses Top Trainer of Abuses at Churchill Downs, Saratoga Springs

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One of the most successful trainers in horse racing history is being accused of mistreating horses.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, filed the complaints after its undercover staff captured video of what its describing as  unethical and cruel practices being administered to horses at Churchill Downs and Saratoga Springs in New York.

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